Alexis lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
For fun, Alexis enjoys listening to music, hide-and-seek and playing group games. He attends Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Alexis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Alexis lives in the mountainous community of Jucuapa, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, mud walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include stomach illnesses and respiratory infections. Half of the adults in Jucuapa are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community has drinking water, electricity and telephone service, but needs computer training, employment opportunities and substance abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Refugio de lo Alto Student Center to provide Alexis with Bible training, evangelism, sports, medical checkups, nutritious meals, birthday celebrations, field trips, vocational workshops, scholastic materials and handicraft training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, vocational workshops and meetings for the parents or guardians of Alexis.
Most Salvadorans live in the country's subtropical central region of valleys and plateaus. A hot coastal plain is in the south and the north is mountainous. Nearly all the land is farmed; coffee is grown in the mountains.
Ninety percent of El Salvador's population is of mixed Indian and Spanish descent; about 60 percent live in urban areas. Although a few Indians have retained many of their old customs and traditions, most people have adopted the Spanish language and culture. Fifty-seven percent of Salvadorans are Catholic but there is extensive activity by Protestant groups and over twenty-one percent are Protestants. Compassion works in the central, southern and western regions of the country.
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America. Spain claimed the country in 1525. Almost 300 years later, El Salvador declared its independence and, after a brief union with Mexico, joined four other Central American countries to form a federation. When this union ended in 1838, El Salvador became a republic. The country experienced a period of increasing unrest during the 1970s that culminated in a civil war in the 1980s. In 1992, a peace agreement was reached.
Map of El Salvador
Child's Location: Northwest of San Miguel